When the financial company The Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy in September 2008, the president. George W. Bush Met the announcement with a nervous laugh. Someone else may have called it “a big deal.” This latter reaction is usually seen on the right side of history, and. Lehman Trilogy, Opened Thursday at the Netherlands Theater in New York, showing why. Welcome to Broadway from an interesting, epidemic, and like its source material, it’s a big deal.
Written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, The Lehman Trilogy., Who scored successful runs at Park Avenue Armory in London and New York, tells the story of the family that founded the Tytler Company, which became one of the biggest players in the financial industry. At its height, Lehman Brothers felt the failure was great, and yet it happened, a failure that contributed so much to the beginning of the Great Depression.
One thing makes this epic play – it starts in 1844 and ends in 2008 – its cast size is unique: it has only three parts of speech. Simon Russell Bell, Adam Goodley and Adrian Lester played the Lehman Brothers, who founded the original company and their sons and grandsons, and dozens of other characters who cross barriers of race, sex and age.
Even if you don’t know the story of Lehman Brothers, one knows from the beginning that things do not end well for the company. The big question is: how did all these smart people spoil this thing? It is particularly entangled in how the family copes with difficulties, first with the Civil War, which destroyed their cotton business, and then with Black Thursday and 1929. Stock market Crash
The Lehman Trilogy. There is a drama about the rise and fall of a business and a family at the same time whose fortunes are intertwined. From a small shop in Montgomery, Alabama, the company grows into a large cotton seller and eventually into a bank. At every step of the way, we see how the three brothers contribute to the success and growth of the business and how it is passed on to their sons and grandsons.
The lives of family members are informed by their religion. They are observant Jews who pray regularly, sit Shiva – albeit slowly for a short time – and close their business at least before the Sabbath. As they become more united, with the business world as well as American ways, old customs fall out of the way.
The play, directed by Sam Mendes, is a success at every level. The fact that the actors, with all the sharp changes in character, are able to keep the audience focused is nothing short of amazing. This is particularly the case with the large amount of drama that is on display – most of which is financial and business differences – spoken directly to the audience. But drama never turns into a lecture. It is a large-scale theater, and Mendes always puts drama in front and in the center.
Although the cast is probably more familiar to the British audience, the range of actors shown here should change that. Simon Russell Bell played with confidence for everything from the business titan to a flirtatious young woman – although I would advise him not to play hard to get it.
In addition to his role as a founding brother, Adam Goodley plays, among other things, a slender seductress, a Southern businessman, and Robert Lehmann. His turn as Bobby, a shrewd businessman who has lived his whole life and then some, brings the house down.
Adrian Lester, who is starting his own Broadway, easily moves on from a scary, even ruthless businessman, a respected politician, to a breastfeeding baby.
To call him a Tour de Force There will be one small thing for the cast: the play has a lot of twists and turns.
And don’t forget, there’s a minimal set of S-Devlin: a simple, state-of-the-art room filled with filing boxes that sort of everything from a boat across the Atlantic to Lehman corporate offices. Given the complex nature of the story, going simple was clearly the right choice. The set also serves as a preview of Luke Hall’s videos, which set the scene and the tone and become a thrilling ride in more dynamic moments.
The 164-year journey taken by Lehman Brothers was a thrilling ride of its own, and that story, The Lehman Trilogy., Makes Broadway very welcome.
A sidebar of the play: The theater seems to have solved the problems of vaccination and masks. Those going to the theater should only have proof of vaccination and photo ID. Masks were available to anyone in need, and getting into the theater was no more difficult than before the epidemic. I wish they had masks with play logos.
The Lehman Trilogy. Running January 2022 at the Netherlands Theater at 208 West 41st Street, New York. Proof of vaccination is required for admission and a mask must be worn inside the theater at all times. Visit TheLehmanTrilogy.com for tickets and more information.